Resort’s violent truth revealed

A domestic violence victim filmed for 999 What's Your Emergency.
A domestic violence victim filmed for 999 What's Your Emergency.
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SHOCKING and brutal attacks on women at the hands of their partners are leading to hundreds of police call-outs every month.

The scale of the harrowing problem was highlighted in the controversial documentary 999 What’s Your Emergency?

999 What's your emergency?

999 What's your emergency?

But one domestic abuse manger says the show only touched the surface of the trouble found in the resort.

Dee Conlon, of Blackpool Advocacy, says 500 abused women are referred to them every year, while the police attend 450 cases a month.

She told The Gazette: “The problem in Blackpool is significant.

“We are only able to deal with the high risk cases and at the moment we are on track to deal with 500 women this year.

“Statistics tell us women are assaulted more than 30 times before they call the police because it’s all about the abuser taking control of their victim.”

Channel 4’s documentary showed all sides of the resort’s domestic troubles, both inside and outside the emergency services.

The programme, aired on Monday, continued to paint a less than pleasant picture of Blackpool as stories of abuse were told throughout the show.

The more frustrating side of the police’s job reared its head when a 35-week pregnant women was strangled by her violent partner, but refused to press charges.

One brave woman, who had been punched three times on a night out with her 18-year-old boyfriend in Blackpool, did make a statement and he was given a suspended sentence.

Tragically, the innocent and helpless victims – children – were also a talking point.

A six-year-old boy could only stand by and watch as his mum was headbutted and had her nose broken by her partner.

She confessed to having been attacked before and told the cameras her life was normal because “every women is hit by their partner at some point.”

Mrs Conlon stressed pressing charges was only one of a handful of options available to women who wanted protection.

She added: “Making a statement is not the only option available to them and our job is to provide information to support the choices they make.

“People are under no obligation to accept our services and we may see some people three or four times before they decide to make a change in their life.”

The programme also featured a stabbing in Queens Park where Jack Tindall, 19, had been attacked with a broken bottle, leaving a gaping wound in his stomach.

His girlfriend’s baby was due in five months time and the stabbing was the wake up call he needed as he vowed to grow up and raise his family without trouble.

Anyone affected by domestic violence can contact Fylde Coast Women’s Aid on (01253) 596699 or call the National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247.

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